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Girls and Twilight

Spreadhopelikefire posted an article about why he thinks girls love Twilight. I promised I’d find this article and post it here, so here it is thanks to The Atlantic Online. I couldn’t say it better, so I’m cutting and pasting this wonderful piece of writing on our favorite topic. Do go to The Atlantic Online website. They have video there for you to watch.

 

The Atlantic

A series of vampire novels illuminates the complexities of female adolescent desire.

by Caitlin Flanagan

 

What Girls Want

Image credit: Adam S. Doyle
Children’s books about divorce—which are unanimously dedicated to bucking up those unfortunate little nippers whose families have gone belly-up—ask a lot of their authors. Their very premise, however laudable, so defies the nature of modern children’s literature (which, since the Victorian age, has centered on a sentimental portrayal of the happy, intact family) that the enterprise seems doomed from the title. Since the 1950s, children have delighted in the Little Bear books (Mother Bear: “I never did forget your birthday, and I never will”)—but who wants to find a copy of Cornelia Maude Spelman’s Mama and Daddy Bear’s Divorce wedged onto the shelf? Still, the volumes fill a need: helping children understand that life on the other side of the custody hearing can still be happy and hopeful, that a broken family is not a ruined one.
But pick up a novel written for adolescents in which the main character is a child of divorce, and you’re in very different waters. Divorce in a young-adult novel means what being orphaned meant in a fairy tale: vulnerability, danger, unwanted independence. It also means that the protagonists must confront the sexuality of their parents at the moment they least want to think about such realities. It introduces into a household the adult passions and jealousies that have long gone to ground in most middle-aged parents, a state of affairs that is particularly difficult for girls, who have a more complicated attitude toward their own emerging sexuality than do boys, and who are far more rooted in the domestic routines and traditions of their families, which constitute the vital link between the sweet cocooning of childhood and their impending departure from it.

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March 8, 2009 Posted by | Essays | , , , | 6 Comments

Vampires With No Bite

Supernaturalseductress posted about being sick of the complaints that Stephenie Meyer’s vampires go against vampire lore. Here’s what I had to say on the matter.

I’m rather sick of people arguing this as well. I’m sick of the complaints about Stephenie Meyer removing the vampires’ bite, so to speak. So what? I always ask. Every vampire author keeps some things and changes others. Everyone puts their own spin on it. If they don’t they’d be accused of being derivative hacks.

What the people who are saying that Stephenie Meyer’s vampires aren’t really vampires are missing is that how vampires are portrayed largely depends on whether they are the protagonist or the antagonist. Anne Rice is the best example. Louis is the hero of Interview with the Vampire. He’s reluctant and guilt-ridden. He feeds off the blood of rats and chickens for as long as he can before succumbing to what he is, and even then he feels guilt. If he’s just a cold-blooded killer from the word go, he could not be a hero in our eyes. Few readers would feel any connection to him. Lestat was the bad guy in this one. As far as Louis knew he was a cold-blooded killer from the word go. Louis described how many Lestat would kill and what his preferrences were. In The Vampire Lestat we get Lestat’s point of view and find that Louis had a great deal of it wrong. Lestat was a stronger vampire. He could read thoughts. When it appeared to Louis that Lestat preferred pretty young fops for his first meal of the night what he didn’t understand was that Lestat liked corrupt, lying, cheating, pretty young fops. Lestat becomes the hero because we now know exactly how he feels about his kills.

It’s only when vampires are the bad guys that they are portrayed as demons and fiends, albeit sometimes seductive ones if the storyline includes seducing one’s prey into volunteering.

March 8, 2009 Posted by | Essays, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome, Miss Dakota!

Thank you EW.com for posting this lovely little tid-bit. Finally some news about New Moon!

‘Twilight’: Dakota Fanning will star in ‘New Moon’

Mar 7, 2009, 06:51 PM | by Joshua Rich

Categories: Movie Biz, Twilight

Dakota Fanning is set to star in the Twilight sequel New Moon, EW has confirmed. The actress will play Jane, a member of Italy’s evil Volturi, in the anticipated movie, which opens in November. She had been in talks to appear in the film ever since she was offered the role in January. “It would be really cool to do it,” the 15-year-old Fanning told EW at the January premiere of her most recent release, Push, which was also produced by Twilight‘s studio, Summit Entertainment. “I am a very big fan of the books. I read them all and Jane is an interesting part.” Shooting on the movie starts this month in Vancouver. People.com first reported the news today.

Dear Miss Dakota,

You can tell me, just between us girls, who will play Alec?

♥Christa

PS I loved you in Push.

March 8, 2009 Posted by | Actors, New Moon, Twi-Media, Twilight, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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March 8, 2009 Posted by | Essays | , | Leave a comment